June 16: International Domestic Workers' Day -- We Celebrate and Fight On!
Domestic work makes all other work possible
In June 16, 2011, at the 100th International Labour Conference in Geneva, the world's governments, workers and employers overwhelming voted for an international treaty to guarantee the basic rights of domestic workers.
So June 16 - the very day that domestic workers won the historic ILO Convention 189 - has now become International Domestic Workers' Day.
On June 16, 2012, the first anniversary, we celebrate again our huge victory. And we pledge to make our voices strong and loud once again to demand that governments:
• review national laws and practices and reform them to bring them into line with the Convention and its accompanying Recommendation
• take the opportunity of the 101st International Labour Conference to make a public commitment to ratify the Convention and implement the Recommendation, and to do so as soon as possible.
Our fight will continue, to ensure that the standards adopted a year ago become a reality for domestic workers the world over. Domestic workers must not have to wait any longer for their long overdue and desperately needed protection from abuse.
For more information: www.idwn.info
About the video:
Date of Production: 6 June 2012
Editor: Su Bo, Hong Kong
Black and white photos:
"Domestic Work makes all other work possible" showing domestic workers and their employers or their family members, featuring (in appearing sequence)
- Analy Caus, 2 years as domestic worker and the kid, Adih;
- Eleonor Damayo, 2 years as domestic worker and the kid;
- Suk Maya, 14 years as domestic worker and the grandma;
- Fely Tabay, more than 15 years as domestic worker and the kids;
- Wong Lin Fong, 8 years as domestic worker and the home;
- Maya Rai, 17 years as domestic worker and the grandma;
- Lee So Chun, 12 years as domestic worker, with Mr and Mrs Yeung and their new born baby;
- Ling Ling, Bobo and Chun Suet with 5, 37 and 12 years respectively as domestic workers, with Mrs Lau who made up the costumes and make-up for the annual general meeting of domestic workers' union;
- Fitri, 6 years as domestic worker, with the dog and other domestic workers with the dogs;
- Titin, 5 years as domestic worker, with the baby and grandma.
Special thanks for the domestic workers and employers above for their lovely photos. Thanks for all domestic workers and supporters who contributed their action and activities' photos.